Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Waiting for Godot G20

What are we going to do when this is all over with? No media hordes. No international media attention. No vast unknown of what disruptions will soon descend upon us.....  Life will be boring again. 

For now however the media sweeps are beginning.  This evening on NPR's Marketplace busness show which airs on WDUQ at 6:30pm during the week the focus will be something about Pittsburgh.  Imagine that....  transformation... young people leaving (or not) and the vast diaspora. Actually it was taped well before the current media hordes arrived so might not technically be G20 themed at all.   Might be a few familiar voices in there along the way. :-)

Just thinking of the folks I have talked to of late... coupled with the scores of buses that just happen to be parked outside my office for the more general media tours being conducted I have to wonder... how many stories about Pittsburgh can be written?  Between the 3 angles to what is being covered:  the 'Pittsburgh story', the protester story and the actual reason this is all happening, i.e. the G20 story itself... Thursday is going to be all Pittsburgh all the time all over the world all at once. 

You know what I was thinking of which is a really funny contrast to all of this?  There have been some recent periods of national media exposure for the collective Pittsburgh.  The presidential primary last year comes to mind.  Certainly the Superbowl and Stanley Cup runs generate extended media cycles, but are almost routine in a sense and don't really generate too much coverage beyond the sports reporters.  I was thinking of the visit to Pittsburgh by Denver columist Bill Johnson just a few years ago.  Remember him and how his one hastily written column generated an obsessive news cycle here for much of a week?  How personally his 'insult' was taken?  Maybe next time we just won't notice?  

Finally....  Mike has figured it all out and indeed Isaly's = 42.   My work is done here.  Not sure what I will do next. Guess I will have to apply to law school or something.


Anonymous MH said...

Coming in today, I noticed a crew boarding-up the BST windows along Fifth Ave. Which, I guess, seems like just being prudent. Then I noticed they were also boarding-up the abstract art (steel pillars with various patterns) on the side of the building by Montefiore. Maybe the protestors are against both capitalism and bad art?

Tuesday, September 22, 2009 9:14:00 AM  
Anonymous DBR96A said...

I just hope downtown Pittsburgh doesn't look like Plywood City this week.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009 9:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, law school. Then you can be a local blogging law professor ... oh, uh ... nevermind.

BTW, the mailboxes and trashcans have been removed from Fifth Avenue in Oakland. If I slip and fall on a banana peel I will never forgive the protesters.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009 11:30:00 AM  
Anonymous MH said...

Bananas in Pittsburgh indicate massive carbon emissions generated in the consumption of non-local food as well as the explotation of labor in Guatemala. That banana is due to global capitalism. Now, if you slip on an apple peel, maybe.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009 11:44:00 AM  
Blogger Bram Reichbaum said...

Weird that we're putting up a giant banner over a half-finished building Downtown and cloaking a dilapidated house on Mt. Washington because we don't want Pgh to look bad ... but at the same time we're boarding up Downtown as though it's condemned yet that doesn't figure into the same matrix.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009 2:03:00 PM  
Anonymous MH said...

Pitt painted its plywood. Looks a bit less conspicuous.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009 8:11:00 PM  
Blogger smallstreams said...

Thanks for the link to the link to me--google maps, old school.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009 9:01:00 PM  

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